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How should I show kindness to others?

Acts 9:36-42There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas ). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor.

Proverbs 3:3Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart.

True kindness is not a single act but a lifestyle. We can begin by showing kindness in the small things we do and say until we are truly kind in all situations.

Luke 10:30-32Jesus replied with an illustration: “A Jewish man was traveling on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes and money, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. By chance a Jewish priest came along; but when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt deep pity. Kneeling beside him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds . . .”

Deuteronomy 22:1-4If you see your neighbor’s ox or sheep wandering away, don’t pretend not to see it. Take it back to its owner . . . If you see your neighbor’s ox or donkey lying on the road, do not look the other way. Go and help your neighbor get it to its feet!

Acts 3:3-7When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened.

Peter said, “I don’t have any money for you. But I’ll give you what I have.”

Kindness does not look the other way and ignore the needy, but is attentive to and responds sensitively to the needs of others. Time, money, and convenience are less important than others’ well-being.

Galatians 6:10Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters.

Acts 28:2-3The people of the island were very kind to us. It was cold and rainy, so they built a fire on the shore to welcome us and warm us.

Kindness looks for opportunities to help, such as times of trouble and hardship.

Colossians 3:12-13Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Ephesians 4:31-32Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Kindness is forgiving others.

Colossians 3:13You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

1 Peter 3:8-9Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate when people say unkind things about you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God wants you to do, and he will bless you for it.

Acts 27:3The next day when we docked at Sidon, Julius was very kind to Paul and let him go ashore to visit with friends so they could provide for his needs.

Kindness shows grace and mercy to others, even if they don’t always deserve it.

Proverbs 11:25The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

2 Corinthians 8:1-5Now I want to tell you, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done for the churches in Macedonia. Though they have been going through much trouble and hard times, their wonderful joy and deep poverty have overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford but far more. And they did it of their own free will. They begged us again and again for the gracious privilege of sharing in the gift for the Christians in Jerusalem.

Acts 2:44-45And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.

Ephesians 4:28If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.

Matthew 5:42Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.

Proverbs 22:9Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.

Luke 3:11John replied, “If you have two coats, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”

Luke 6:38If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you.

Acts 20:35And I have been a constant example of how you can help the poor by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Romans 15:26-27For you see, the believers in Macedonia and Achaia have eagerly taken up an offering for the poor among the believers in Jerusalem. They were glad to do this because they feel they owe a real debt to them. Since the Gentiles received the spiritual blessings of the Good News from the believers in Jerusalem, they feel the least they can do in return is to help them financially.

Kindness is generously sharing what we have with others.

Romans 12:13When God’s children are in need, be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night.

1 Peter 4:9Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.

Genesis 24:32So the man went home with Laban, and Laban unloaded the camels, gave him straw to bed them down, fed them, and provided water for the camel drivers to wash their feet.

Isaiah 58:7I want you to share your food with the hungry and to welcome poor wanderers into your homes. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.

Kindness is shown in hospitality.

Hebrews 13:2Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!

Exodus 22:21-23"You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way. Remember, you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. [22] "You must not exploit a widow or an orphan. [23] If you exploit them in any way and they cry out to me, then I will certainly hear their cry.

Leviticus 19:34They should be treated like everyone else, and you must love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. I, the Lord, am your God.

1 Timothy 5:9-10A widow who is put on the list for support must be a woman who is at least sixty years old and was faithful to her husband. She must be well respected by everyone because of the good she has done. Has she brought up her children well? Has she been kind to strangers? Has she served other Christians humbly? Has she helped those who are in trouble? Has she always been ready to do good?

Kindness is helping strangers and those different from us.

2 Timothy 2:24The Lord’s servants must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone. They must be able to teach effectively and be patient with difficult people.

Kindness confronts and teaches others to be peace-loving and patient.

Proverbs 31:26When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instructions.

Proverbs 16:24Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

Ephesians 4:29Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Matthew 18:15"If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back.

Proverbs 27:5-6An open rebuke is better than hidden love! [6] Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.

Galatians 6:1Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.

James 5:19-20My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back, [20] you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back from wandering will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins.

Ephesians 4:15-16Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. [16] He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

Kindness is speaking the truth in love. Truth without love insults others, strains relationships, and hardens hearts. Without love, truth changes nothing. Love without truth allows sin to flourish and grow out-of-control. Without truth, love becomes corrupted. Neither of these show true kindness. By speaking honestly, boldly, and above all, lovingly, we show genuine kindness.

Ephesians 6:9And in the same way, you masters must treat your slaves right. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites.

Kindness is not abusing your authority.

Proverbs 14:21It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor.

Proverbs 19:17If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—and he will repay you!

Proverbs 28:27Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing. But a curse will come upon those who close their eyes to poverty.

Proverbs 31:20She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.

Luke 14:13-14Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. [14] Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you."

Kindness is helping those who cannot help us in return.

Matthew 10:42And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.

Our acts of kindness do not need to be major, award-winning events. God sees and rewards every act of kindness because such acts reflect a loving heart.